[WATCH] UNESCO endorses Mediterranean Conference Centre restoration project

Visitors will be able to use augmented reality on the smartphones and tablets to step into actual hospital scenes from the time of the Knights

Visitors will be able to use augmented reality to step into actual hospital scenes from the time of the Knights of St John
Visitors will be able to use augmented reality to step into actual hospital scenes from the time of the Knights of St John

Holographs, augmented reality and other breakthrough technologies are being incorporated in a €10 million restoration project on the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), which has been fully endorsed by UNESCO in it entirety. 

One of the main aims of the project is to make better and full use of all accessible areas at MCC. 

Tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis said the project symbolised the government's commitment to safeguard Malta's cultural heritage. 

"Tourists will be exposed to a venue of historic and cultural value, with an experience that will be augmented by the careful and innovative use of technology," he said. 

Half of the project's total costs are being funded by the European Union, with the government putting up €3 million and the MCC itself providing the remaining €2 million.

The project will make accessible to the public for the first time, the lowest of three levels in the Sacra Infermeria building. 

On all three levels, in fact, visitors will be able to use augmented reality on the smartphones and tablets to step into actual hospital scenes from the time of the Knights of St John, who started constructing the hospital in 1574. 

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